The public finance of higher education; statewide governance in higher education; access and completion in higher education; accountability in higher education
Joni Finney breaks down state and federal funding, college tuition structure, and financial aid options to devise better ways of making higher education realistic for more students. She continues to develop state-by-state comparisons of college affordability through her center, the Institute for Research on Higher Education. Finney also studies how high school standards prepare students for the rigor of college courses and how students progress through higher education through the baccalaureate degree.
Peter Eckel, writing with Cathy Trower, cautions that the traditional committee structures and operating procedures of university, college, and state system boards have not kept up with the times and can benefit from focused institutional review.
Laura Perna speaks about academics' frustrations with predatory practices in the student loan industry. "We have this structural reliance on loan servicers," she explains. "If they're not doing their job, it's a problem."